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2008 Florida State Soccer: Season In Review

Feb. 3, 2009

2008 Final Notes in PDF Format

* Florida State closed out the season at 17-3-3 reaching the 17-win plateau for the fourth straight season and for the fifth time in the last six years. The .804 winning percentage was the second highest recorded in school history trailing only the 2005 season when the Seminoles went 20-4-1 (.820) in Mark Krikorian’s first year as head coach. The three losses were the fewest recorded in the 14-year history of the program.

* The Seminoles finished the ACC regular season with a record of 8-1-1 – the highest winning percentage in school history. The eight league wins tied a school record previously set in 2005 when the Seminoles finished tied for second place in the ACC with a record of 8-2-0. FSU finished no lower than third place in the league standings for the sixth consecutive season.

* Florida State returned to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season in 2008. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for only 14 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 11 schools out of 318 playing Division I soccer that have gone to nine consecutive tournaments. Of those 11 schools, four are from the ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest). Nine of those 11 schools earned a national seed in 2008 including all four top seeds in North Carolina, Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA. Three schools saw their run of consecutive postseason appearances come to end in 2008 including Connecticut (26), Santa Clara (19) and Clemson (14).

* FSU posted impressive numbers both offensively and defensively in 2008. Following last year’s record breaking offensive explosion, the Seminoles tallied the second highest point total in school history with 194 points on 64 goals and 66 assists. It marked the second most assists and third most goals in the 14-year history of the program. Defensively, the Seminoles recorded the lowest goals against average (0.63) and fewest goals allowed (15) in school history. The 14 shutouts tied the school record set previously in 2006.

* Sixteen different Seminoles contributed with at least one point in 2008, while 14 Seminoles scored at least one goal. The 2008 season concluded with 10 different Seminoles registering double-digit points, the most in a single-season in school history. The mark surpassed the previous record of eight double-digit scorers set twice before in 2003 and 2007. In 23 games, the Seminoles recorded 11 multi-goal performances by six different players, while 13 players tallied at least one multi-point performance. Sophomore Sanna Talonen led all Seminole players with six multi-point performances in 2008.

For the first time in school history, a Seminole claimed the league’s top freshman award as Tiffany McCarty was named ACC Freshman of the Year. McCarty finished the season leading all first-year student-athletes in the ACC in goals, goals per game, shots, shots per game, points and points per game. She closed out her first season at FSU leading the team in shots (73) and shots on goal (39), while ranking second in points (28) and goals (11) and tied for third with six assists. The Laurel, Md., native made 20 starts on the year and was one of three freshmen on the squad to appear in all 23 matches. She tallied four multi-point performances in 2008 and finished second on the team with three multi-goal games.

Florida State placed a combined seven student-athletes on the All-ACC teams in 2008. The seven Seminoles receiving All-ACC honors set the school record eclipsing the previous mark of six established back in 2005. That year Florida State was honored with three first-team All-ACC honorees and three All-Freshman award winners. This year FSU landed three first team selections including sophomores Amanda DaCosta and Sanna Talonen and senior Sarah Wagenfuhr, while junior Becky Edwards received second team All-ACC honors. A trio of first year student-athletes were honored as Tiffany McCarty, Tori Huster and Casey Short all earned a spot on the All-Freshman team. This marks the third time in the last four years that Florida State has landed three players on the All-ACC first team, while the three All-Freshman award winners ties a school record set twice before in 2001 and 2005.

See the attached pdf at the top of the page for all the final news and notes from the 2008 season.

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